Tag Archives: Sun Valley

Cover Girl: Gretchen Fraser

snow magazine gretchen fraser sun valley ski 2014Glorious Gretchen Fraser, America’s first Olympic medalist in alpine skiing, basking in the sun at her beloved Sun Valley c. 1948.  Photographer unknown.

It’s here!  I have eagerly been waiting for the new edition of SNOW magazine and it arrived today – perfect timing for a fun weekend read of fashion and ski stoke.  Check it out!

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Wheaties: Mikaela & Gretchen

wheaties cereal box mikaela shiffrin ski racer olympic gold medalxgretchen frasier ski champion wheaties cereal ad advertisement 1952xgretchen frasier ski champion wheaties cereal ad advertisement 1953

The only thing better than Mikaela Shiffrin gracing the Wheaties box . . . Gretchen Fraser representing the cereal brand the 1950’s.  Breakfast of Champions!

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Greetings: Sun Valley, Idaho

sun valley greetings vintage linen postcard ski Greetings from Sun Valley, Idaho

sun valley idaho lodge vintage ski woman mrs montgomery orr 2/8/1951 Sun Valley News Bureau Photo:  MIDWINTER HOLIDAY AT SUN VALLEY, IDAHO – Mrs. Montgomery Orr, Wayne, Ill., leaves the Lodge for a day of skiing on the snow-covered slopes.  Mrs. Orr will be a guest at the famous western skiing village until February 10.

sun valley idaho ski racing vintage 1958 junior championships 4/5/1958 Sun Valley – Union Pacific Photo:  AT SUN VALLEY, IDAHO, Friday, the Washington boy’s American Legion Junior team won second place in team standings in the Giant Slalom held on Baldy mountain in the 15th annual Western States American Legion Junior Championships being held this week end.  From left:  Jim Brule, Yakima; Mike Buckley, Yakima; Brent Whiteman, Yakima; Erik Giese, Seattle; and coach Walt Taulbee, Seattle.

dick durrance dartmouth sun valley open idaho ski race 3/31/1939 International News Photo:  DARTMOUTH SKIER, POINT-SCORER AT SUN VALLEY  Sun Valley, Idaho. . . Dick Durrance, of Dartmouth, two-time winner of the Harriman Cup, pictured in action during the third annual Sun Valley Open Skiing Tournament recently.  Durrance placed fourth in the Open this year and won the national four event combined race.

sun valley idaho ridge chairlift vintage postcard roundhouse baldy mountain“On the way to the top,” the Ridge lifts and the Roundhouse, Baldy Mountain, Sun Valley.  Photo: Lou Holliday

sun valley idaho ski warming hut baldy mountain vintage postcardWARMUP HUT Baldy Mountain Sun Valley, Idaho  Photo: Union Pacific Railroad

sun valley idaho vintage ski holiday run postcardSKIERS AT SUN VALLEY, IDAHO  Coming down Holiday Run, Sun Valley can be seen in the background.

sun valley idaho ski resort vintage school busSUN VALLEY, IDAHO  Crowds of skiers at this famous resort.  Photo: Union Pacific Railroad

sun valley idaho trail creek cabin vintage postcardTRAIL CREEK CABIN  SUN VALLEY, IDAHO During the summer months Trail Creek Cabin is a popular place for horseback parties to take early morning breakfast.  It is also the scene of picnic parties, steak fries and barbecues.  In winter it is a favorite goal of bobsled parties for late supper, followed by dancing.

The handwritten note on this vintage postcard reads:  July 1, 1952 Tuesday  This is a very exciting place.  There are things to do every minute.  This afternoon we went for a swim in a beautiful pool, also went bike riding.  Tonight there is dancing and ice skating.  Tomorrow morning we’re going horse back riding.  Love, Reeva

sun valley idaho dog sled vintage photo jigsaw puzzle tuckExciting thrift store find – vintage jigsaw puzzle with exquisite Sun Valley dogsled scene.

sunvalley-label-vintageVintage hotel luggage label:  Sun Valley, Idaho America’s Foremost Year ‘Round Sports Center

I have lost my favorite East Coast ski buddies for a couple weeks to their vacation in Sun Valley, Idaho.  So this post is a kind of reverse postcard to them.  Greetings from home – hope you are having fun, sun and lots of bottomless turns!

Built by the Union Pacific Railroad and home to the world’s first chairlift (1936) – the role of this resort to ski development and heritage in the U.S. and abroad is beyond compare.  I am not going to tackle any Sun Valley history or anecdotes at this time – so please let these vintage images tell some of the story.

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Ski Legend: Alf Engen

alf engen ski jump jumper 1936 norge norway1/19/1936 Press Photo:  Alf Engen, winner of the thirtieth annual ski meet of the Norge Ski Club held at Fox River Grove, Ill.  He set a new hill record of one hundred and ninety four feet, 11 ft. over the existing hill mark which was made by Kaare Walberg, member of the Olympic team in 1932.

Alf Engen came from Norway to the United States in 1929.  He dominated ski jumping competition in the 1930’s and 1940’s and was a pioneer of alpine skiing as well, focusing on powder skiing technique.  The ski champion went on to become instrumental in the design and development of the quintessential American ski resorts of Alta, Utah, Sun Valley, Idaho and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  He ran the ski school at Alf Engen Ski School Alta until 1989 and passed away in 1997.  Engen is a true ski legend and his enormous contribution to skiing in this country is commemorated by the Alf Engen Ski Museum in Park City, Utah.

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